At long last, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes is completely in the public domain, as of January 1, 2023. (Yes, I know, I probably should have posted this yesterday, but I got busy with errands and such.)
So now the entire Canon is available for FREE at many locations around the World Wide Web, including here at Baker Street Babble!
On the Links and Such page, you will find a few links to various sites where you can download a PDF of the entire Canon. Also, on the Bookshelf page, you can read the various collections of novels and stories in embedded "flipbook" format, for a little more immersive experience. Happy reading!
I hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Now that we are past the holiday, I have time to observe that a couple interesting things happened yesterday: one, not related to the theme of this blog (but interesting nonetheless), is that George Gershwin's famous "Rhapsody in Blue" entered the public domain. As a musician, I am fascinated by that news. More pertinent to the theme of this blog, however, is that three more stories from The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes have entered the public domain: the Adventures of the Sussex Vampire, the Three Garridebs, and the Illustrious Client. I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere did a great article about the copyright issue, as well as a special podcast episode.
In a few short years, the entire Canon will be in the public domain, and then, I suppose, the game will REALLY be afoot!
Meanwhile, if you would like to watch a fabulous performance of "Rhapsody in Blue," you can do no better than this one from 1976: Leonard Bernstein, playing the piano solo AND conducting the New York Philharmonic!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.